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Abstract:
This article gives a brief overview on China's largest premier nanotech business event. We highlight the government's support on nanotech innovation and commercialization in China. Besides being designated by China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) as a National Nanotech Innovation Cluster since 2007, Suzhou Industry Park (SIP) announced during CHInano 2011 to being designated as "National Nanotech & High-tech Industrial Base", "National Nanotechnology Standardization Demonstration Platform" and "National Micro-Nano Manufacturing Innovation Strategic Alliance". SIP launched Special Nanotech Policies and Incentives during CHInano 2011 for supporting the Nanopolis Suzhou initiative, to build the largest nanotech innovation and commercialization hub in China. The first International Nanovation Summit (INS 2001) was launched during CHInano 2011 and brought together the leading nanotech countries, clusters and corporations worldwide to share their practices and vision in nanotechnology innovation and commercialization with highlight on public-private partnerships (PPP).

December 13th, 2011

Accelerating Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization through Public-Private Partnership --Highlight of CHInano2011

CHInano Conference & Expo 2011, held on Oct 27-29 in Suzhou, is China's largest nanotech business event addressing the commercialization and adoption of nanotechnology as well as emerging technologies. CHInano 2011 attracted over 500 R&D and industry leaders, government policy makers and investors worldwide to discuss and share insights on the public-private partnerships (PPP) and international collaboration in accelerating nanotech innovation and commercialization, investing in sustainable technology, as well as R&D and commercialization of emerging technologies including MEMS technology, printed electronics, nano medicine, and nano materials. The conference and exhibition attract over 2000 visitors worldwide and provide an excellent opportunity for them to share practices and vision in nanotechnology commercialization, interact with business partners, and discover the rapidly growing marketplace in China.

CHInano Conference & Expo 2011 was hosted by Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), which has been designated by China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) as a National Nanotech Innovation Cluster since 2007, focusing on nanotechnology commercialization. In addition to the committed 6 billion RMB (about 950 million USD) for building the Nanopolis Suzhou by 2015 (phase I will be completed by the end of 2012), the largest nanotechnology innovation and commercialization hub in China, SIP launched Special Nanotech Policies and Incentives during CHInano 2011 and will further commit 1 billion RMB (about 160 million USD) every year to support nanotechnology innovation and commercialization, including house subsidies, tax refund, free access to the open R&D platforms and 2% of product revenue bonus reward within first 3 years, talent and shareholder incentives, as well as government support for promoting international collaboration and public-private partnership. SIP is enhancing government involvement in building nanotechnology networks with government agencies, R & D institutions and industries around the world. SIP announced at the end of the CHInano2011 opening ceremony that it has been designated as "National Nanotech & High-tech Industrial Base", "National Nanotechnology Standardization Demonstration Platform" and "National Micro-Nano Manufacturing Innovation Strategic Alliance".

NanoGlobe and Suzhou Nanotech co-organized the 1st International Nanovation Summit (INS 2011) during CHInano 2011 and brought together world's leading corporations and clusters including 3M Ventures, Applied Ventures, NanoInk, Culminatum Innovation, Kyoto EnviNano Center, Hanwha Nanotech, Legend Holdings, and SVG Optronics as well as experts and policy makers from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Iran, Israel, Finland, Germany, and the United States. INS 2011 attracted government and cluster representatives, multi-national company, SME, IP management and investing company executives in sustainable technologies, providing diversified perspectives of government and industry's involvement, interdisciplinary and international collaboration, global cooperation in standardization and EHS (environmental, health and safety), as well as networking and ecosystem related to nanotech innovation and commercialization.

Legend Holding, 3M New Ventures, Applied Ventures and BASF introduced their investing strategies and focused areas, and shared insights and practice of investing in sustainable technologies through case studies. Mr Liang Qi, VP of Legend Holding (an investment arm of Lenovo) said: "different from conventional industries, nanotechnology enabled industry innovation requires transforming the full industry value chain: equipment investment runs through all stages, and investment cycle takes long time up to 10 years although the return on investment (ROI) is quite high". In his opinion, an effective combination of angel capital, VC and industry investment is crucial for the success of nanotech investment, and angel capital is indispensable at the scale-up stage. Mr Liang suggested the local government to take a lead of building regional industry consortium and involve entire value chain of an application sector. Prof CHEN Linsen, Chairman of SVG Optronics, a flagship company in Micro-Nano technologies and applications in China, introduced their interference lithography and roll-to-roll (R2R) nanoimprinting based technology platform for high throughput production. Prof Chen also shared SVG's innovation for sustainable industrial applications. Their colorful 3D nPrinting technology can design and create RGB colors by mimicking the butterfly wings, which is environment friendly by eliminating pigment and saving energy, and has wide applications in LCD and LED industries.

Over 200 companies, clusters and research institutions exhibited on CHInano 2011. NanoProfessor, the exclusive sponsor of CHInano 2011 introduced the state-of-the-art NanoProfessor Nanotechnology Education Program for training a nanotech-savvy workforce. UC Nano Technologies (UCN) displayed their flexible, conducting interactive foils for magic windows and touch walls. UCN's technology is based on conductive graphite nano ink printing process, while another exhibitor, Tianjin Funa Yuanchuang Technology (CNTouch), a subsidiary of Foxconn, specializes in carbon nanotubes (CNT) based touch panels demonstrated its CNT transparent conductive films (CNT TCF) as well as the transparent, flexible, stretchable loudspeakers and touch screens. Their products have been commercialized in China market. Kyoto EnviNano, Finland Tekes and many MEMS and nano medicine companies also displayed their cutting-edge technologies and products in this event. Around 20 universities and research institutes including SINANO and its spin-off companies joined in the exhibition to seek technology licensing and commercialization opportunities.

Opening ceremony of CHInano 2011 Conference & Expo (from left to right: Mr. Dian-yi Sun, Deputy Director of Bureau of Academy-Locality Cooperation, CAS; Dr. Xian-en Zhang, General Director of Department of Basic Research, MOST; Dr. Nan-ping Xu, Academician and Jiangsu Province Assistant Governor; Ms. Xiao-ye Chen, Vice Minister of MOST; Dr. Xiang Fang, Vice Director of Standardization Administration of China; and Mr. Rong-gao Pu, Vice Mayor of Suzhou, China).

CNT based touch screens displayed by Tianjin Funa Yuanchuang Technology.


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